Nine people have been arrested during protest activity near AGL’s coal seam gas site at Gloucester so far this week.
Fracking equipment arrived in Gloucester on Monday morning and on Tuesday morning, organisers say four people were charged with trespass for peacefully protesting the operation.
About 8am on Tuesday, police were say they were called to the site on Fairbairns Road after a 50-year-old man was detained by security.
Two men – both aged 33 – and a 53-year-old woman allegedly jumped the fence and were also detained before police were contacted.
Police from Manning/Great Lakes arrested the men and woman and issued them court attendance notices for ‘entering enclosed lands’.
About 6am yesterday (Wednesday), numerous protesters returned to the site on Fairbairns Road allegedly blocking access to the AGL site.
Police two men – aged 44 and 26 – and a 68-year-old woman, who were charged with causing an obstruction and will appear in court on 10 December 2014.
A 66-year-old woman and 55-year-old man were issued traffic infringement notices.
Gloucester woman Kate Fry attached herself to the entry gate of AGL’s controversial coal seam gas project yesterday morning in an attempt to peacefully prevent the fracking of four coal seam gas wells.
Ms. Fry said, “I’m not just doing this for Gloucester, I’m doing it for everyone. I’m willing to get arrested trying because the Government has sacrificed Gloucester. We are the last defence to protect this beautiful place from invasive gasfields.”
AGL will hold its AGM in Sydney today and further protests are expected.